Who We Are

About Oasis

Oasis is a nonprofit organization helping women and children rise out of poverty. Our team works from a four-story building in Paterson, New Jersey, serving families in the greater Paterson area. 

Oasis provides food, clothing, and counseling to help women and children meet their basic needs. We provide educational classes for women and academic after-school programs for children to help them thrive. 

We address the inequalities facing women and children who live in poverty. 

For over 25 years, we’ve been committed to the idea that every woman and child deserves the opportunity for a brighter future.

The Oasis Mission

The mission of Oasis is to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate, and empower women and children in need.

Our History

Oasis was founded in 1997 by two women who recognized a need in Paterson: Women with children were excluded from many soup kitchens for safety reasons. 

In 1997, backed by friends and supporters, Ann Wagner and Christine DeVita Breit began serving hot meals to women with children in a Paterson church hall. Today, Oasis has emerged as a leading social service agency in the city, serving some 1,000 women and children daily with basic needs services and educational programs. 

Oasis changes lives, one woman and child at a time.

Oasis is funded by private individuals, foundations, and corporations—people like you.

Your gift will change a life.

Your Gift will Change a Life

Give today to provide families with education and basic human needs.


Who We Are

Why Oasis

The Oasis case for support.


Meet our dedicated staff members.

Board of Directors

Meet the Oasis Board of Directors.

Strategic Partners

These corporations, foundations, and individuals share our vision.

Financial Info

We use donor resources efficiently and effectively.


Take a look at Oasis in the news.


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